After nine thrilling stages at the Giro d'Italia, our boys in argyle have held the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey), worn by the overall leader, for five of those stages and have no plans on letting it go any time soon. After the TTT victory, youngster Ramunas Navardauskas held the lead for two stages and after losing it on the sixth stage they grabbed it back with the ever dangerous Canadian Ryder Hesjedal. Hesjedal maintains a nine second lead over the second place rider, and though it's still anyone's game, he is focused on crossing the line after the 21st stage still wearing the Maglia Rosa. Hesjedal is the first Canadian to earn the leader's jersey in the Giro and only the third Garmin rider to accomplish such a feat (Christian Vande Velde, Ramunas Navardauskas).
This past weekend also marked the start of the Tour of California (TOC), where Team Garmin has sent a top squad in search of an overall individual victory. Last year, the team took home the best overall team award and want to keep that momentum moving forward. Tom Danielson appears to be the team's leader for this year's TOC and based on his early season form we should be in for a fun ride! After stage one of the race, Garmin had earned its way onto the podium with Heinrich Haussler in second position.
As evidence from their unparalleled, exclusive race and behind-the-scenes footage, our friends at Bicycling Magazine appear to have caught the argyle fever too. At their "Garmin Insider" page you can find photos, candid interviews and videos about your favorite Garmin riders. The stylish kits that our riders wear with pride even made the list of the top stylish teams of 2012!
Here is a great recap of the first stage as told by team manager Jonathan Vaughters: Stage One.
Get your cowbells out and your vuvuzelas pointed to the sky as we cheer our argyle riders on to victory!!